The Beatles This Week: August 2 – August 8

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This Week In Beatles History
August 2 – August 8

Did you ever wonder about what The Beatles were up to on a week-to-week basis?  Are you a Beatles trivia buff?  Test your knowledge here as you look at what happened to The Beatles in a specific week in time.

August 7, 1957 – The Quarry Men, John and Paul’s first band, played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time.

August 3, 1963 – The Beatles played their last show at the Cavern Club.  They had played there approximately 300 times over the years.

August 3, 1963 – The band had their first US chart entry when “From Me To You” entered the Billboard chart at number 116.

August 7, 1964 – In America, “Time” magazine described the movie “A Hard Day’s Night” as “rubbish to be avoided at all costs.”

August 6, 1965 – “Help!” the album was released in the UK.  It became the first LP to go straight to No. 1 since the charts were created seven years before.

August 7, 1965 – The single “”Help!”/”I’m Down” was at No. 1 in the UK charts, remaining there for 3 weeks.

August 4, 1966 – John’s comment, “We are more popular than Jesus,” offended many people in the US, and several radio stations banned the playing of Beatles albums.  Also, Senator Robert Fleming was on a campaign to stop the Beatles from playing in Pennsylvania on their US tour.

August 5, 1967 – Pirate radio was ending, and Radio London closed down on this day.  A farewell message was played, recorded by Ringo on behalf of all the Beatles.

August 4, 1968 – The movie “Yellow Submarine” was released in Britain.

August 3, 1971 – Paul announced that he was forming a new band called Wings. It would include his wife, Linda, Denny Seiwell, and Denny Laine (from the Moody Blues).

Last updated: Aug 02, 2009
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